Local Restaurant Organizes 4th Annual Fundraiser To Benefit Spok - Spokane, North Idaho News & Weather KHQ.com

Local Restaurant Organizes 4th Annual Fundraiser To Benefit Spokane's Ronald McDonald House

Posted: Updated:
  • Also on KHQ.comMore>>

  • Ronald McDonald House Spotlight

    Ronald McDonald House Spotlight

    Ronald McDonald House Charities of Spokane provides temporary lodging, comfort and support for families with children accessing medical services in Spokane.>>
    RMHC Spokane has 3 central programs, all designed to strengthen families and promote children's health in our region. Ronald McDonald House Spokane provides a "home away from home" for out-of-town families with children accessing medical treatment in Spokane. The Ronald McDonald Family Rooms in Sacred Heart Children's Hospital provide a place for all families to rest and regroup right at the hospital while their children receive treatment.
    >>
(KHQ)- If you're in the mood for Italian food this week, most importantly, gelato, you have the opportunity to support a local business and a local charity at the same time.

Ferrante's Marketplace Cafe, on the South Hill, is holding it's 4th Adopt-a-Room fundraiser on Wednesday, April 16 and Thursday, April 17.

100% of the proceeds go to funding a room at Spokane's Ronald McDonald House. To fully fund the room for a year is $2000, and the fundraiser usually makes more than that.

Currently, a 10-year-old boy named Brian Moore and his grandfather, Mark, live in the "Ferrante's Room."

Originally from Spirit Lake, Idaho, the two needed to be at the Ronald McDonald House when they learned that Brian had a brain tumor.

"He went in for an eye test because he was having headaches," explained Mark, "and that's how they found the tumor."

Brian's treatment is a 48-58 week process, and he has about 3-4 more months of chemotherapy left before he and his grandfather can leave the Ronald McDonald House.

However, while they're staying at their home away from home, the "Ferrante's Room" is treating them well.

"It has this TV, the DVD player, and the XBOX," said Mark. "All that comes with the room."

"We'd love to see this place just packed," explained Tony Traver, the restaurants' manager.

Traver said the restaurant is known for it's thin crust pizza, popular peas and bacon pasta, and as one of the only places in Spokane that serves gelato.

"We're a small business in the community," explained Traver. "And it's a great opportunity to put our name out there and give back to community where we live."

And families like Brian and Mark certainly appreciate Ferrante's generosity.

"I seriously don't know what we'd do without the Ronald McDonald House," said Mark. "I want to get up there and meet them [Ferrante's] and thank them for such a wonderful room..I think it's just wonderful what people do for people with cancer."

"I would say thank you for sponsoring my room at the Ronald McDonald House," said Brian. He said knowing that the restaurant does this fundraiser to help kids like him make him feel "happy" and "glad."

  • Most Popular StoriesMost Popular StoriesMore>>

  • BACK TO SCHOOL: See where your school ranks in performance

    BACK TO SCHOOL: See where your school ranks in performance

    Tuesday, August 26 2014 9:18 PM EDT2014-08-27 01:18:51 GMT
    SPOKANE, Wash. - Two schools in the Spokane area received top rankings based on a new assessment, according to the Washington Policy Center. The Washington State Board of Education released a new assessment of the quality of schools around the state Tuesday. The assessment ranked schools on an "A to F-" scale, with 14 percent of schools in in and around Spokane finishing with A's or B's.>>
    SPOKANE, Wash. - Two schools in the Spokane area received top rankings based on a new assessment, according to the Washington Policy Center. The Washington State Board of Education released a new assessment of the quality of schools around the state Tuesday. The assessment ranked schools on an "A to F-" scale, with 14 percent of schools in in and around Spokane finishing with A's or B's.>>
  • Throwback Thursday! Look At 'Sunshine Shelly' Through The Years!

    Throwback Thursday! Look At 'Sunshine Shelly' Through The Years!

    Thursday, March 20 2014 1:04 PM EDT2014-03-20 17:04:11 GMT
    KHQ.COM - It's throwback Thursday! Here is a slideshow we would like to share of Shelly Monahan through the years! For those of you who have been in Spokane for many years, and saw her through her "Sunshine Shelly" days, you will probably remember the Shelly from back in those days. Enjoy!>>
    KHQ.COM - It's throwback Thursday! Here is a slideshow we would like to share of Shelly Monahan through the years! For those of you who have been in Spokane for many years, and saw her through her "Sunshine Shelly" days, you will probably remember the Shelly from back in those days. Enjoy!>>
  • PHOTOS: National Dog Day!

    PHOTOS: National Dog Day!

    Wednesday, August 27 2014 2:02 PM EDT2014-08-27 18:02:10 GMT
    KHQ.COM - Tuesday, August 26th is when we celebrate man's best friend! It's National Dog Day! National Dog Day was created back in 2004, and it gives us a chance to stop and appreciate those who offer us their unconditional love, support, and acceptance: our pups! INSIDE>>>|Submit photos of YOUR dog!|>>
    KHQ.COM - Tuesday, August 26th is when we celebrate man's best friend! It's National Dog Day! National Dog Day was created back in 2004, and it gives us a chance to stop and appreciate those who offer us their unconditional love, support, and acceptance: our pups! INSIDE>>>|Submit photos of YOUR dog!|>>
About the Ronald McDonald House
RMHC Spokane has 3 central programs, all designed to strengthen families and promote children’s health in our region. Ronald McDonald House Spokane provides a “home away from home” for out-of-town families with children accessing medical treatment in Spokane. The Ronald McDonald Family Rooms in Sacred Heart Children’s Hospital provide a place for all families to rest and regroup right at the hospital while their children receive treatment. The Ronald McDonald Care Mobile Program enables over 2,000 children in Central Washington to access basic medical and dental care each year.